5 technologies that are not yet mainstream

By Akshaya Asokan Aug 26th 2016

These technologies are still maturing, but they will soon transform the way we live in the near future. 

  • Technology as a change maker

    Technology as a change maker

    Technology, being an agent of change, is always at the cusp of a revolution. Each path-breaking innovation is the result of a need to make the world a better place to live in. From bots that chat to AR games, 2016 has witnessed the surreal world become real. Which innovations will pervade our lives in the future? Here is a quick peek into five futuristic technologies.

  • Nano sensors and the internet of nano things (IoNT)

    Nano sensors and the internet of nano things (IoNT)

    The applicability of IoNT cuts across various sectors such as healthcare, transportation, logistic and manufacturing. Some of the key advantages ascribed to IoNT are providing processing capabilities, larger storage capacity at lower costs and increasing communication efficiency.  Ubiquitous connectivity is believed to be the key factor which will drive the growth of IoNT. 

  • Next generation batteries

    Next generation batteries

    These newer range of batteries are based on zinc, sodium or aluminum and are regarded as the solution for quality and durability. When compared to the older lead-acidic batteries, these next generation batteries avoid heavy metals and are less toxic. Mercedes and Tesla are already working to make their electronic cars run on these batteries.  

     

  • Organs-on-chips

    Organs-on-chips

    This device uses micro fabrication techniques to replicate the function of an actual human cell. This ability to imitate a live cell enables accurate drug testing. It also widens the scope for personalized medicines.

  • Self-driving vehicles

    Self-driving vehicles

    Companies like Google, Tesla and Uber are aggressively pushing self-driving cars. Singapore recently introduced the world's first self-driving taxis.

  • Perovskite solar cells

    Perovskite solar cells

    Perovskite solar cells use a mix of organic and inorganic chemicals for conversion of sunlight. It has the advantage of low cost setup and increased efficiency.

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